Cutting 4dr Rubicon rock rails to fit 2dr

  1. LowCountry

    LowCountry Well-Known Member

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    #1 Oct 12, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2019
    On the JK I have seen videos and writeups on cutting the 4dr Rubicon rails and being that the forward and middle mounting points are identical they could fit to the 2dr. Looking around I hadnt seen any definitive answers on doing this with the JL but I was able to get a set of rails locally at a good deal (thanks Stormin' Moorman) and figured I would see for myself.

    I jacked up the Jeep and removed the drivers side rear tire and indeed they do fit and although i wasnt exactly sure of the OE length of the 2dr rail it looked to me that about 21 1/4" would be about the right length to remove. Heres a pic of the cut and then back on the Jeep

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    I removed the push pin holding the end cap on and then pryed it out. Later I will paint the cut end to prevent any rust issues and either glue the end cap or drill a hole and reuse the push pin. For now though my kids need the steps I have on already so Im just gonna put these rails away for future use.

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    Follow the same process for the passenger side.Without the end cap it was exactly 21" of length that I removed, then remove/reinstall your end cap



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    It was a very easy process using just a reciprocating saw and a new metal cutting blade. As 2dr parts seem to be few and far between its nice that this is a part that that can be repurposed from our 4dr brethren. Heres a couple more pics

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  2. four low

    four low Well-Known Member

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    Nice ! Thanks for showing this !
     
  3. Dewey7015

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    Great job! thanks!
     
  4. The Fixer

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    That is brilliant! I haven't looked at a set of those closely, so I didn't know the end caps were plastic - I assumed they were welded ends. Nice job!!
     
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